Monday, July 7, 2008

Summer League: Beasley vs. Rose

Watching the choppy, streaming video of the Miami Heat playing the Chicago Bulls in the Orlando Summer League has proven one thing to me: there will not be enough basketballs to go around in Miami.

Every trip down the court, Beasley (22 min, 9-21 FGA, 9-12 FTA, 9 reb, 28 pts) would stretch out his hands and wave at Mario Chalmers (11 pts, 6 ast, 4 stl, 1 to) as if he had to ask his kindergarten teacher for permission to go tinkle. He wanted the ball that bad.

Maybe it's because he really was the best scorer on the floor. It certainly wasn't because he had the easiest matchups; Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas both played for the Bulls' summer league team this year. Neither could keep Beasley from scoring. Beasley's left handed mini-hook was nice and smooth, even while being bumped around by 7 ft. Noah. His one 3-pointer was effortless and without hesitation, perfect swish.

On the court, compared to Thomas and Noah, his diminutive 6 ft. 7 in. frame did look better suited for the small forward position, but he is a tenacious rebounder. Think an inverted Chuck Hayes: offense for defense, selfishness for selflessness, tattoos and jokes for class and professionalism.

Too bad we won't get to see Beasley up against Dorsey and Greene in the Las Vegas Summer League - or at least hear about Beasley's inevitable mishaps in Vegas.

Can Wade and Marion teach Beasley to play off the ball... -way- off the ball, or will Wade's ppg. drop about 5 or 10?

Derrick who?... Honestly, there wasn't much to see from Rose (10 pts, 4 ast, 1 stl, 5 to) today. For a point guard coming in to play with some high-caliber scorers (Deng, Gordon, Hinrich) this might be a better sign than Beasley's 21 shot attempts in 22 minutes.

Funniest quote from the game's commentators was something to the effect of:
"Will Greg Oden average less than 9 fouls in this year's summer league?"(approx.)

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